Parley's Canyon

Looking down Parley's Canyon    by Milt Moody    ©Milton G. Moody

Directions:  I-80 passes through Parley's Canyon as it heads east from Salt Lake City.

Parley’s Canyon – The canyon, itself, is too busy with I-80 traffic till you get to Mountain Dell and Little Dell reservoirs. Reservoirs are good for migrating ducks, both puddle and diving, including mergansers. Also good for Common Loons in April, esp. Little Dell, which is on the road toward East Canyon from Parley’s. Various sandpipers have been seen, again, esp. on Little Dell, along with Sandhill Cranes. Warblers, orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, gnatcatchers, sparrows in the bushes around the reservoirs. Washington Park, at the top edge of the golf course, accessed from the golf course road, good for the same types, but the area is generally quieter than lower down. Red-naped Sapsuckers nest there, along with Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. Swainson Thrushes, yellowthroats, MacGillivray’s Warblers and chats.  ~ Steve Carr

Nearby:  Parley's Historic and Nature Area and Tanner Park are located in Parley's Gulch near the mouth of Parley's Canyon.  Mountain Dell and Little Dell reservoirs are located at the top of the canyon.

History:  Officially named "Big Canyon" the same year as the Mormon pioneers enter the valley, it later became known as Parley's Canyon after Parley P. Pratt who on March 18, 1949 began to built a road up the canyon which became a toll road called "The Golden Pass."

     eBird Data:  | Mountain Dell Reservoir | Little Dell Reservoir | Washington Park & Terrace | Lamb's Canyon |

The Road down Parley's Canyon    by Milt Moody    ©Milton G. Moody